By Sweeny Murti
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It’s not due to the House Run Derby. It’s not.
Aaron Decide went 1-for-18 this weekend within the Yankees’ first collection after the All-Star break. The House Run Derby champ was held to a measly single that went about 25 ft with an exit velo so low you would peddle a motorcycle quicker.
OK, so Decide got here out of the break and hit a stoop. It’s a droop. And it’s not the Residence Run Derby’s fault. I promise you. Even Tino Martinez agrees with me.
“All of us simply get a bit of extra drained within the second half,” Tino advised me Sunday night time. “And the pitchers are typically somewhat extra cautious with you down the stretch. So Aaron goes to have to know that they don’t seem to be going to let him beat them relying on how the man behind him is hitting.”
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Tino is a part of the anecdotal proof etched in House Run Derby lore that claims he suffered within the second half after profitable the Derby in 1997. In actuality, Tino had a very good second half. It simply wasn’t as nice as his first half.
Earlier than the break in 1997, Tino batted .302/370/.619 in eighty five video games with 28 house runs in 331 at-bats (one HR each eleven.eight ABs).
After the break in ‘ninety seven, Tino batted .289/.372/.525 in seventy three video games with sixteen house runs in 263 at-bats (one HR each sixteen.four ABs). That’s an excellent second half. He slugged over .525 in a full season solely twice in his sixteen-yr profession.
Let’s consider Tino’s profession numbers have been .271/.344/.471 with 339 residence runs in 7,711 at-bats (one HR each 22.7 ABs).
Don’t we expect it’s attainable that Martinez had probably the most outrageously scorching three months of his complete life to start out the 1997 season earlier than being merely good within the second half? All these second-half averages are considerably higher than his profession marks.
There was certainly a steep dropoff within the last month of that season when Tino hit simply .247/.312/.383 with three house runs after Sept. 1, however that speaks extra to his remark about being drained and maybe pitched in a different way — or just having a droop — versus having gotten out of his swing due to the Residence Run Derby.
Decide’s Derby efficiency by the numbers ought to truly inform you that he didn’t get out of his swing. Of his forty seven house runs within the competitors, he smashed 23 to the other area.
Reggie Jackson hit 37 house…